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A low-field P-31 NMR spectrometer to measure bone mineral in the human wrist

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3 Author(s)
Battocletti, Joseph H. ; Dept. of Neurosurg., Med. Coll. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA ; Myers, T.J. ; Scheidt, R.

Nuclear magnetic resonance phosphorus spectroscopy (NMRS) is a method of measuring the mineral content of bone as a diagnostic tool for osteoporosis. A description is given of the design and construction of a low-field spectrometer for the human wrist. It uses a small-size permanent magnet of neodymium-iron-boron. The questions of whether a low-field spectrometer is sensitive enough to measure the phosphorus mineral content of bone and to what extent the phosphorus in soft tissue affects the measurement of bone mass are discussed

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 1989. Images of the Twenty-First Century., Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in

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9-12 Nov 1989